Surfer #1

  • I challenged myself to a 2-week automata build.  I am allowing myself two weeks to physically create Surfer #1.  Started March 18,  2020.
  •  As of March 25th I’m on track to complete this automata in the two-week time frame.
  • Here is a link to the Surfer #1 Project Sheet.
I’ve just started the Surfer #1 build.

Electric Chair #1

  • Conceived October 2019
  • This is on my workbench, along with Inclined Slide #1
  • 3/25/2020:  I’ve got this automata almost completely constructed.  The next steps are disassembly for paint, then reassembly and the addition of many little details.  It’s been active on my bench for over four months.  I’m taking a breather from it.
  • Here is a link to the Electric Chair #1 Project Sheet
Electric Chair #1: the build is almost complete. Next comes disassembly and paint.

Inclined Slide #1

  • Conceived August 2019
  • Onto my workbench 14 August 2019
  • 12 October 2019: Mockups are successful.  The actual marble lift has been created.  I am now working on the lift drive mechanism.
  • 3/25/2020:  I’ve not worked on this automata for several months.  Am looking forward to getting back to it.
  • Here is a link to the Inclined Slide #1 Project Sheet
Inclined Slide Proof of Concept is Successful.

Big Screw #1

  • Conceived September 2019.
  • This automata is part of the Jim’s Gym series.
  • Big Screw #1 will be started when Inclined Slide #1 is completed.
  • The Big Screw #1 Project Sheet is here.
This is the basis for the Big Screw series of automata

Big Wheel Lift #1

  • Conceived August 2018
  • Onto my workbench December 2018
  • Completed 8 July 2019 and available for commission.  $4000.  
  • View YouTube video here.
  • This Big Wheel Lift #1 is the prototype for future Big Wheel Lifts.  It is in my wife’s personal collection and is not for sale.
  • This automata is motorized, in addition to being hand crankable.
  • Here is a link to the Big Wheel Lift #1 Project Sheet.
  • The Big Wheel Lift #1 Detail Sheet is here.
The new case (still under construction) sits behind Big Wheel Lift #1.

Scissor Lift #2

  • Created between August 2018 and August 2019.
  • Hand cranked.  No motor available.
  • Scissor Lift #2 is in stock and available for purchase.  $1500.
  • The Scissor Lift #2  Project Sheet is here .
Scissor Lift #2 finally has it’s biped!

Scissor Lift #1

  • Created between Feb-July 2018.
  • Hand Cranked.  No motor.
  • This Scissor Lift #1 is the prototype for the Scissor Lift series of automata.
  • Not for Sale.  In my wifes personal collection.
  • Here is a link to the Scissor Lift #1 Project Sheet
Jim with Scissor Lift #1

A Sunday Drive

  • Into the trash 28 August 2019.
  • Conceived in 2017.
  • Onto my workbench March 2019.  Off my workbench August 2019.
  • This automata is a 1/1 and will be for sale, perhaps by the end of 2019.
  • This automata will be motor driven.
  • Here is a link to the A Sunday Drive Project Sheet.
A Sunday Drive: two major assemblies.

Misty, a 20 Pipe Street Organ

  • Hand built by Jim to a John Smith design.
  • Completed in the last quarter of 2016.
  • As of 3/20/2019 Misty has had her handle cranked more than 1,000,000 times.
  • Monte the Monkey was an important addition to the organ, and a reason that Jim has begun creating automata.
Misty, a 20 pipe street organ